Resilient Dancing Online Class Series

From September-December 2020, eleven Vermont Dance Alliance teaching artists will each run a three-week online class series! Class styles will introduce many genres of dance, and are approachable and accessible to anyone who is interested in participating! All classes are open level and drop in friendly, with scholarships, class cards and group rates available. This online class program offers a chance for learning and creating, to give everyone an opportunity to explore embodiment and to connect through movement and shared experience. VDA is partnering with Vermont racial and social justice organizations each month to further our active participation in the current movements pushing for a just society. Coming up, we are so pleased to partner with Pride Center of Vermont for our October class series!


E-Tango & More with Eva Zimet
Thu 9/10, 9/17, 9/24 @6-7:15pm

Being/Body with Liesje Smith
Fri 9/11, 9/18, 9/25 @9-9:45am

The Site Speaks: Site Dance at Home with Nicole Dagesse
Wed 9/16, 9/23, 9/30 @4-5pm

3 Ways to Party: A Hip Hop & House Dance Experience with angelina ponzio labate
Fri 10/2, 10/9, 10/16 @6-7:30pm

Composition for Teens with Hanna Satterlee
Wed 10/7, 10/14, 10/21 @4-5pm

Somatic Explorations and Art for Culture Shift with Neva Cockrell
Sun 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 @10am-12pm

Families Dancing with Ashley Hensel-Browning
Sun 11/1, 11/8, 11/15 @10:30-11:15am

Intro to Danse Oryantal with Yvonne Brunot
Mon 11/2, 11/9, 11/16 @5-6:15pm

Dynamic Moving For Active Living with M sara McMahon
Tue 11/3, 11/10, 11/17 @10-11am

Physical Theatre: Presence & Performance with Bronwyn Sims
Tue 12/1, 12/8, 12/15 @5:30-7:30pm

Soul Stories with Julie Peoples-Clark
Mon 12/7, 12/14, 12/21 @6:30-8pm


How to Register: Please click on "Get More Info" for our registration page! If you need assistance filling out the form, please call 410-458-3672. Zoom links for the courses you select will be sent to your email address, upon completion of the registration form, pending receipt of payment.

If you need special accommodations, please note VDA will need at least two weeks notice before the class start date. We will do our best to accommodate all needs.

Thanks to our Scholarship Fund sponsors: Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co. (lead sponsor) Northfield Savings Bank, Vermont Federal Credit Union, and City Market Onion River Co-op (participating sponsors) for helping us to provide access to all. If money is a barrier, apply for a scholarship. If you want to move with others, apply for a special group rate.

If you are planning to call in as a group, with two or more people sharing one screen, email us to set up a scaled payment to fit your specific needs.

If money is a barrier for you, please email a scholarship request letter detailing your interest, class dates, and amount of support needed.

We are pleased to announce that this project is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of VAC or NEA.

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Bringing Dance to Life! VDA proudly serves its members, cheering on their art and creating opportunities to feature their forms. Vda sends a free weekly e-newsletter to announce events throughout the state of Vermont, as events are always open to the public. Sign up at the bottom of this page to be included, and look for our emails! Dance Alliance members are featured here on our website, with tabs to view their upcoming events and drop-in friendly classes and workshops. More dance in more places, more of the time! We hope you will join us!

Participating artists

ANGELINA is an east coast born, west coast fed italian american teaching and performing artist and activist, choreographer, poet, storyteller and documentarian (  angelina studies afro and latin diasporic traditions, with her primary focus in hip hop and house dances. she is a grateful guest and student of these cultures   angelina has lived and worked in many cities across the U.S. and abroad. she holds a degree of life; a bachelor of arts from the world arts and cultures dance program with a minor in visual and performing arts education from ucla; and an associate of arts with a certificate in african heritage dance from city college of san francisco. on her own growth journey, she continues to train under some of the best culture bearers of hip hop and house dance angelina LOVES teaching youth and adults. she is always working to build classroom spaces rooted in community with emphasis on history, technique, growth, respect, expression, healing, inclusivity, equity, empowerment, bravery and JOY! in addition to teaching, angelina creates and performs her own works which have been shown from Los Angeles to the Bay Area including at the Bioneers Conference, Theater Azul, D.I.R.T. Festival, Dance Mission Theater, Restore Westwood and Electric Lodge. she also collaborates with other artists, and...

Ashley Hensel-Browning works as a dance educator, community artist, and choreographer. She has received multiple grants for her work in public schools and community sites and is a Juried Teaching Artist on the Vermont Arts Council Teaching Roster. Her work focuses both on curriculum and community development through movement. Recent projects have included a teacher training and residencies incorporating math in movement, making music and making dance, choreography residencies, library programs that integrate literature and movement, work with youth in restorative justice programs, and work as a teaching artist with the Community Engagement Lab. Past projects have included work at Boston Ballet's CityDance, dance in correctional facilities, and family dance classes. Ashley is an established choreographer and performer who has performed in works by Trisha Brown, Agnes DeMille, Elizabeth Bergman, Amie Dowling, Jim Coleman, Terese Freedman, and Nell Breyer in venues such the International Festival of Art and Ideas, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA, and MassMOCA. She regularly choreographs for local schools and community events in Vermont. She choreographed for many years with the Opera Theatre of Weston including productions of The Secret Garden, Noye's Fludde, The Magic Flute, The Little Prince, Die Fledermaus. She directed Hansel and...

Bronwyn Sims is a creator, actor, choreographer, and educator. She has appeared in film and on television including a role in the Emmy award winning first season of The Sopranos. Her NYC stage credits include; New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, National Black Theatre of Harlem, BAAD ( Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance) Dixon Place, The Kitchen, La Mama. Regional stage credits include: Philadelphia Zoo, Opera Philadelphia, American Repertory Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Fringe Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation, Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, GF&Co, Great River Theater Festival, Main Street Arts, Speakeasy Stage Company, Berkshire Fringe Festival, Rochester Fringe Festival, The Celebration Barn, Apron Theater Company, Raven Theatrical and a European tour with Sandglass Theatre. Bronwyn was on the faculty at The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training in Philadelphia Pa teaching acrobatics and movement. She was a Lecturer in Acting at Yale School of Drama, and was on the faculty at New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA). She also was a Lecturer in Stage Management at Yale School of Drama and has conducted guest master classes, throughout New England, New York, Pennsylvania and Colorado. She is a teaching artist with The Weston Playhouse. Her choreography and production...

Eva is a teaching artist focusing on awareness of body, mind, movement, and our interface with each other and the world. We're often in the habit of using a few big body blocks or muscle groups to do everything. Eva starts with super simple movements giving people the chance to explore new experiences. Very relaxing and useful. That's the preview! Eva is a teacher, writer and designer who holds an MFA from Columbia University, a JD, and graduate certificate in conflict management as well as certificates in meditation & yoga, and TESOL. She is competent, if not fluent, in French, German, Spanish, and English. Argentine tango incorporates fun, connection, improvisation, self-discovery and trust. Eva uses tango to create a powerful space for healing, trauma recovery, leadership programs, and happiness. And! Her illustrated children's book, Lucy Dancer, is available through Rootstock Publishing, Amazon and through her website. Her first poetry book comes out winter 2020 — The Lost Grip.

Choreographer and dancer Hanna Satterlee grew up in East Montpelier, Vermont and has spent many years traveling through dance, both nationally and internationally. Hanna has produced her own choreographic and dance installation work, and has performed with professional companies in Vienna Austria, Stolzenhagen Germany, Baltimore, Manhattan, Brooklyn, San Francisco and throughout the state of Vermont. In May 2017 Hanna founded the Vermont Dance Alliance, with a strong belief that the culture of dance will continue to flourish and expand throughout the edges of our beautiful state. Hanna serves as the Executive Director, both managing a statewide network of dance artists, partners and patrons, as well as producing and curating high-quality dance events and opportunities for the public. Hanna is as passionate for the form of dance as she is in connecting people to it. Hanna holds degrees and certifications in dance therapy, psychology, performance, choreography, vinyassa/yin/restorative yoga, non-profit management and arts integration. Hanna shares these passions as an intergenerational educator, interdisciplinary performer and collaborator, experimental curator and event producer. Join Hanna during this time of social distancing for movement classes online! Please email for more information, or follow her on instagram @hannasatt

Julie Peoples-Clark, originally from Baltimore, MD, has been a go-go dancer in a cage in a night club, a showgirl in Atlantic City, a backup dancer for Richard Marx, a magician’s assistant, a teeny bopper in 3 John Waters’s films, a tap dancing book on television, creator of dance programing for at-risk youth through the Drug Enforcement Administration and a professional modern dancer. She moved to Vermont 12 Years ago with her husband Dave and daughter Ella. She is on the dance faculty at University of Vermont teaching contemporary, ballet, tap, musical theatre dance and pilates. She is part of Dance Tramp a collective of Vermont-based experimental dance artists. Most importantly, she is mother to Ella the Great and Emanuel Blessing.

Liesje grew up in Vermont, studying dance by age 4. She received a BA in Dance at Naropa University and went on to study at Moving On Center in California and New Dance Development in the Netherlands. As a Rolfer, Liesje teaches functional movement to her clients, and teaching embodiment and dynamic movement at retreat centers and senior centers. She loves to make dance pieces.

m sara McMahon has been involved in the research, teaching, and performing of movement/dance for over 40 years. In 2014 she developed the Movement for Parkinson's® program to bring dance/movement to the Vermont Parkinson's community. She is a Dance for PD® Certified Teacher. MfPD classes invite movement making that opens the body to the flow of energy that is inherent in movement. Classes incorporate basic movement fundamentals that enliven body awareness, improve flexibility and range of motion, reinforce postural stability, and enhances ones ability to move with confidence. Class is infused with a diverse selection of music that inspires and invigorates the spirit.

Neva Cockrell is a dancer, director, and movement instructor. She tours internationally with Pilobolus (China, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Dubai, Mexico, Israel, and US) and directs new dance-theater works in the US, Dubai, and Europe with her company Loom Ensemble. When she isn't directing or performing, she is teaching her own movement technique, Catalyst Training, which she developed in 2016. She is based at the Art Monastery in Springfield, VT. Her life path is deeply ground in communal living, body-based activities, art-making, being outside, and contemplative practice.

Nicole Dagesse is a Vermont native whose rural upbringing in the forests and fields is a direct inspiration for her movement style and choreographic desires. Combining her training in Modern Dance, Contact Improvisation, and Aerial Dance, Nicole approaches each new site with inquisitive play and rigorous movement research. Nicole earned her BFA in Dance and BS in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she was immersed in the creativity of the local dance scene. Nicole cites Wire Monkey Dance as a major influence in her work. It was while playing on the scaffolding that her 3-dimensional movement patterns began to develop, and her love of partnering work took flight. After several years dancing in the Boston area, Nicole felt it was time to continue her dance education as an artist and teacher, and moved to Boulder, Co. to pursue an MFA in Site Dance and Somatic Practices. The rugged terrain and the endless blue skies provided the perfect opportunity to hone her voice as a site artist. The grounding and balancing study of the Alexander Technique was a necessary complement to her physically demanding work, and Nicole was increasingly interested...

Yvonne can’t remember a time when she wasn’t listening to music. Raised on the 331/3 RPM records of her pianist mother, she knew at an early age that music and movement should go together. Already exposed to classical music and popular American musicals, she began to explore the international options at her local public libraries. In almost no time, she became captivated by the music of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and India. However, she still knew that there were types of specific dances related to the musical cultures of these regions and that she had to find them. Fast forward to the late ’80’s when Yvonne began to study Raqs Sharqi (Egyptian Style Belly Dance) and attend recitals and haflas around her native home of Washington., D.C. Having an abundance of experienced professional dance teachers in the area allowed her to study and perform Raqs Sharqi, Classical Persian, Middle Eastern Folk dance and folk dances of Uzbekistan. Dancing under the state name Sekhmet, Yvonne believes that her inspiration as a dancer truly emerged when she began to study Danse Orientale (Turkish Style belly dance) with acclaimed...


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